My name is Maddy (Madeline) and I am 13 years old. I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12. I was in shock to find out I had a curve of 42 degrees in my thoracic spine. I didn’t even know what scoliosis was at this point. In order to keep my curve from getting worse, my doctor put me into a WCR brace. This brace was shaped to my body and helped push the curve in different ways. I wore this for 20 hours a day! It was pretty hard. 18 months later, they told me that my curve had increased to 52 degrees. They said the brace worked how it was supposed to but I just grew so fast that it couldn’t keep up. So my doctor recommended a spinal fusion. I am a dancer and dance is my passion. It would be very hard to lose my flexibility in my back, so I went a different route. We learned about spinal tethering and that is when I met with Dr. Diab at UCSF. He told me I was a candidate for the surgery, but needed to have it done right away while I still had growth remaining. It was scheduled for July 20th, 2017. I was very nervous going into it, but I knew everything was going to be just fine. I am now post op and doing great!
When I was going through my surgery, I was lucky enough to be mentored by my Co-Leader Emma. She had the same surgery a couple of months earlier. She was such a huge help during the whole process and I don’t know how I could have done it without her. Now I want to help other girls with their scoliosis journey. Emma and I are so excited to be leaders of Curvy Girls of Mount Diablo!